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September 20, 2017 | Posted in:

Learn Employer Best Practices From the ‘Best Places to Work’ Companies

Google, Facebook, and Southwest Airlines, are among the top five of job-search site Indeed′s ″Best Places to Work in 2017″ list. Aside from bragging rights, what do these companies have in common? What can you learn from them? You may not have the resources they have, but you can incorporate some of their ideas into your company′s culture.

 

Respect.

The best companies cultivate a culture of respect in the workplace, according to a poll conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management. Leaders listen to staff and vice versa. Employees feel valued by their leaders and their coworkers regardless of their background, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender.
 

Opportunities for growth.

Leaders at the best companies evaluate staff regularly and look for ways to challenge them in new areas. Many of these companies have developed mentorship or cross-training programs to prepare staff for more advanced roles.
 

Communication is key.

At the best companies, leaders and staff talk constantly. The organization regularly seeks feedback about its culture, practices, and operational challenges. Leaders are accessible and open to discussion about business problems and successes.
 

Clear goals.

The best companies openly state and clearly define objectives, and the steps required to achieve them, according to Fortune magazine. Status updates or one-on-one meetings between employees and their leaders allow regular discussion about progress towards employees′ individual goals.
 

Accountability.

The best companies make sure workers are confident they′ll be rewarded for performance and held responsible for achieving their objectives, according to Fortune.

 

Bottom line: When you treat your employees with respect and keep challenging them, they′re less likely to leave for greener pastures. Not only that, they’ll tell their friends that your company is a great place to work.

 
 
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